University of Southern California


Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program-CIF21 Track (IGERT-CIF21) NSF 12-555


A new targeted opportunity for research communities to apply for a new track in the NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program as a mechanism to address the training and education needs in computational and data enabled science and engineering (CDS&E) and cyberinfrastructure research.

This solicitation is an amendment to the IGERT solicitation (NSF 11-533). This solicitation amendment announces:

  1. Proposals submitted to the track must be clearly in the targeted interdisciplinary areas described for the track in contrast to the regular IGERT program (NSF 11-533) where any interdisciplinary theme will be entertained.
  2. Proposals determined to be non-responsive to the target area description for the IGERT-CIF21 track as described in this amendment to the IGERT solicitation will be returned without review.
  3. Institutions are allowed to submit at most one IGERT through this solicitation, which can be in addition to one IGERT proposal submitted to the regular IGERT solicitation (NSF 11-533).
  4. All other instructions, terms and conditions indicated in NSF 11-533 shall apply to proposals submitted in response to this targeted track opportunity.

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

Building upon the IGERT platform, the purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions.

Program Information:
Institutional Limit: One proposal as the lead organization.

Internal deadline: 5/14/2012
Sponsor deadline: LOI: (required) 6/4/2012; Full Proposal: 8/6/2012

Nomination Process
Interested faculty should contact their school’s dean of research who coordinates the first step in the internal selection process. Faculty are typically asked to submit, at a minimum, a CV or biosketch, as well as a single-page proposal summary to their research dean. Individual schools’ deadlines are in advance of the internal deadline posted above. Check with your school prior to our internal deadline for details concerning the nomination process.